Monday, October 18, 2010

A Guide to Author Jargon for Readers - 57

parenthetical clause

sometimes known as tits on a bull. An interrupt phrase that acts as an aside to the main subject and is set off in parenthesis (). The same effect can be achieved by employing a typographical em-dash ( — ) which I've enclosed parenthetically. While the em-dash creates a pause, a breath and then a continuance, parathesis, although grammatically correct, generally disrupts the flow of a sentence for most readers.

Edward C. Patterson

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